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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Santa's Workshop

I've been wanting to do kind of a behind the scenes, bonus features, workshop type thingy, so here is a step-by-step progression of my latest comic, based on a recent experience.  You can read the entire story it came from on my Golden Thread Road blog in a post called "Yes Virginia."

Step 1:  I draw my Thumbnail Sketch where I figure out the dialogue and narration on the right hand side of the page. Then on the left I figure out the images that tell the story, and how the words and pictures fit together --

In this case the bottom half of the thumbnail comic felt a bit confined to sketch things out so I spilled onto a second sheet of paper...

Step 2:  I Pencil in rough drawings, based on the thumbnail sketches, onto a good sheet of paper --

Step 3:  I do initial Inking over the pencils --

Step 4:  Erase the pencil --

Step 5:  Then I Finish by thickening some lines, filling in appropriate spaces with black, and making necessary touch ups (including, in this case, the white lettering that begins this page) --